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Harrods Creek Bridge Closed Indefinitely

Wednesday November 26, 2008

State engineer: railings too deteriorated to stop vehicles

Images taken of Harrods Creek Bridge on November 24, 2008Metro Public Works has closed the River Road bridge over Harrods Creek after a state engineer deemed the bridge unsafe for travel. The bridge will be closed indefinitely as Public Works explores options for repair.

“We were concerned about the integrity of the side pillars on that bridge,” said Ted Pullen, director of Public Works. “I visited the bridge today with the state engineer and he agreed that the railing is substantially deteriorated. Our only choice to maintain public safety is to shut down the bridge.”

The letter from state engineer Matt Bullock reads in part, “The deterioration that I observed in the field has gotten more severe since the last inspection on March 26, 2008 and creates a hazardous situation for the driving motorist. I do not believe that the railing on the bridge or the guardrail on the southwestern approach could deflect an errant vehicle.”

JCPS has been notified and will alter bus routes beginning Monday. Drivers are encouraged to use Wolf Pen Branch and Lime Kiln Lane as alternate routes.